Phuthuma Nhleko

 

MTN, Bharti merger talks could wind up soon

Staff Reporter

Merger talks between India's biggest cellphone services firm, Bharti Airtel, and South Africa's flagship MTN Group could wind up this weekend, a report said on Saturday. A merged group would create the world's sixth-largest mobile company with a network of 130-million subscribers.

JSE in record territory on miners

Tiisetso Motsoeneng

South African stocks continued to run in record territory at midday on Monday, buoyed by miners on firmer metal prices while an upbeat mood in overseas markets added to the bullish tone. The market touched 33 116,051 during the session, an all-time high.

Reliance may pay premium for MTN control

Staff Reporter

India's Reliance Communications is prepared to pay a significant premium for control of South African mobile phone group MTN, the FT Alphaville website said on Thursday. MTN and Reliance said on Monday they were in exclusive talks after India's biggest mobile phone operator Bharti Airtel broke off talks.